Barco Electronic Systems (P) Ltd was initially set up on a small scale with 50 associates in Delhi, as a 100 per cent subsidiary of BARCO NV Belgium. Its mission included R&D as well as the sales and marketing functions for projectors in the Indian market
By Baishakhi Dutta
Established in 1996, Barco Electronic Systems (P) Ltd has emerged as a market leader in India. It has earned a reputation as a high-tech MNC in the networked visualisation space with a significant local footprint in command and control centres for security and surveillance, traffic management as well as emergency response. Barco is also a leading brand in the digital cinema space.
Areas of business
The business activities of the company cover a wide range of innovative, high-tech and high-quality networked visualisation products for the Indian market, including large screen display solutions, digital cinema projectors, high-tech medical displays, and rugged displays for professional applications.
Today, Barco India has a well-integrated and established set-up of around 500 people in the country, and is equipped with facilities like R&D, software development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service to support the regional markets in Europe, North America and APAC.
Machinery used at the facility
Barco India uses a wide range of machinery. These include:
- SMT lines
- Wave soldering machinery
- Selective soldering machinery
- Vapour phase, AOI
- Flying probe testers
- Functional test towers
- Advanced photo/colour sensors
- Clean rooms
Manufacturing floor at a glance
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualisation products for the entertainment, enterprise and healthcare markets. Barco India has a 14,400sqm facility that also houses a demo centre and a customer support centre.
Barco’s production capacity has grown manifold in the past years. The company is now manufacturing high-tech products for both national and global markets in its state-of-art factory, in compliance with all the international safety and quality norms. Manufactured products are compliant with international standards like UL, Cebec, CE, CCC, etc.
Take on ‘Make In India’
Barco looks forward to this as an excellent initiative by the Indian government, though the company has believed in India’s capabilities to manufacture locally, since much earlier. Barco, which is a European MNC, had started manufacturing in India way back in 1998.
Barco’s regional business
Barco India is headquartered in Noida. Its manufacturing, R&D, software lab, and sales and marketing divisions also operate out of this facility. The company has offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru, with customer support in Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Barco’s international branches are located in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
For Barco, it is all about achieving global standards in quality and productivity. The lower cost of production in India is of course a huge advantage. The company has a very engaged workforce and enabling processes. This has been achieved by continuously training employees both in hard technical skills as well as soft life skills; so having a very stable team helps. Barco claims to work continuously to improve its processes as well as the quality of its products.
The journey so far
Barco has installed its systems in almost all prestigious organisations in India. Be it a public sector unit or a private sector company, Barco has made its presence felt everywhere. Some of its customers include Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Cairn India, Aeronautical Development Establishment, INOX, Sathyam Cinemas, Cinepolis, Prasad Labs, Fortis Hospital, SevenHills Hospital, Medanta Hospital, Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai City Surveillance, National Center of Science Museum, Indus Tower, Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon, Capita IT Services, Delhi Police and Chennai Metro.
Barco is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide.